Administrator (Current Employee) – Portsmouth – 20 June 2018
Staff in Solent NHS are expected to work twelve hour shifts (some longer) with only 30minutes lunch which is unpaid. There is no consideration for staff wellbeing with no time away from computer screens, work relief or incentives. In a nutshell the commendation that an employee would receive for working for twenty years in the service is twenty pounds cash and one extra days leave for that year only. The merciless workload and low pay cause massive turnover of staff.
Health Care Assistant (Current Employee) – Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire – 25 April 2018
A typical day is spent looking after patients and anyone who comes into our work place. We learn different things daily which makes it challenging and exciting but also we have our sad and unenjoyable times too, The management is frequently being changed so makes it hard to keep the same way of working as they all have different techniques .I work with lots of different cultures which makes it very interesting .The most enjoyable part is working with all types of people and also the ones that are cured. The worst part is those that die and we didn't save them,I like working in a team and we all try to look out for each other.
good people, good job no prospect of change/advancement
Administrative Assistant (Former Employee) – Leeds, West Yorkshire – 23 April 2018
No two days the same. As a completely new starter in the NHS I learned a whole new language both long hand and abbreviations. The staff were friendly and helpful and very supportive and the management team did their best to make sure we all worked together to get the work done right first time within the deadlines. As an NHS workplace the culture was healthcare based with lots of emphasis on what was happening in and around the City and what staff could do to support each other and the Community whether it be sponsorship or baking cakes to raise funds for charity events. Difficult part of the job was often dealing with patient/colleague complaints/concerns. Most enjoyable part of the job - getting the right outcome for the patient/colleague for their complaint/concern.
Coach / Greater Manchester Mental Health (Current Employee) – Prestwich – 22 April 2018
A typical day is to assess and coach my case load of learners. I travel into Prestwich on a daily basis. I have learned a lot about GMMH, mental health and the NHS as a whole. The culture is bandings and tall structure and a large organisation. Management are firm. Workplace culture is mental health and providing a service of care to the service users. Recruitment. Also the service user’s predicaments. Most enjoyable is seeing achievements being made.
Contracts Manager (Current Employee) – London, Greater London – 21 April 2018
I had fantastic times and got great experiences and knowledge. i did build up good team work & communication skills , also i have been under so many useful course such as Health & Safety , safe guardian.
Administrator (Former Employee) – Coatbridge – 21 April 2018
In my opinion, working at the NHS for a week was good, It gave me a great insight into what working at the NHS entails and what comes along with it. Everyone was very welcoming and made me feel part of a team and as if I had been there for ages, even though I was only there for a week.
Volunteer Work - NHS Scotland (Former Employee) – Scotland – 18 April 2018
I worked as a volunteer, i generally done general duties and helped with with any of the other volunteers around, i learned essential skills and my communication skills improved dramatically, the staff were excellent and were always nice and treated everyone equally.
Business Support Administrator (Former Employee) – Hounslow – 17 April 2018
Started my employment with full of hopes and opportunities, tried to even change things for the betting my role, however my efforts was thwarted by management that have sunken so far into sofa and were more concerned with playing politics rather than working together as a unit.
You do feel secure in your job thanks to the unions however this is a double edged sword when people abuse the system and use the unions to their advantage, hence why the union is usually shunned by people who hold account of the hospital.